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Honeoye Falls weekly times. (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) 1987-1989, January 12, 1989, Image 10

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I I I I r r ~ Page 10' -from l'lge Ont THE ORIGIN OF SLED DOG RACING; HISTORY AND LEGEND Tiui· origm of sled dog racing, as with the origins of most sports, is part historical fact and part legend. If we are to accept history (as opposed to legend), the first mushers were very likely nomadic tribesmen who used hardy dogs, predecessors of the Huskie and the Malamute, to pull crude sleds across the ice fields of Siberia thousands of years ago. According to ancient cave paintings and other bits of historical evidence, the sled dogs filled a number of vital roles for these primitive people: they took intrepid hunters great distances to find game, and then transported the kills back to the villages; they hauled loads of precious firewood from distant forests across the frozen wastes to tents and caves; they pulled entire families over nearly-impassable glaciers to fmd new homesites. And finally, if we accept legend, the dogs and sleds led a toruous migration of tbe tribes over the great land bridge that is said to have connected Asia to the North American continent On the northern tier of the new continent, the Asians mixed with Indians and Eskimos to form a people bound by one common interest: to survive the cruelty of the weather and the harshness of the land. Again, sled dogs were in the forefront of this daily, and often losing, struggle. But even in the most primitive of cultures, man has always had the desire to compete for the sake of competition, and so soon the Eskimos and nomads began to race their sled dogs in contests of sport. Races were probably unorganized, chaotic affairs but they provided a relief from the drudgery of daily life and they breathed a spark in to what has become a wonderful sport. There is precedence for this in the origins of other sports. The rodeo took form when cowboys riding across Texas with the great trail herds relaxed from their chores to engage in contests of roping and riding--usually with a dollar or two changing hands around the campfrre. History's first dicus throwers may have been foot soldiers who played a game to sec who could scale his small arm shield the greatest distance. Similarly, archery and equestrian events sprang from sporting contests among warriors. Most likely, ancient sled dog racing still took second place to the more meaningful duties assigned the courageous animals but more and more, the dogs began to be bred not only for strength and stamina but also for more speed. Although today's sled dogs are better trained and better fed and while teChnology may have improved sled design a bit, the basic elements of this pioneer art form remain unchanged. Sled dog racing, which is enjoying something of a rebirth in the United States and Canada, had its formal beginnings as a sport with the running of the ftTSt All Alaska Sweepstakes, a 408-mile race from Nome to Candle and back, in 1908. But modern usage of the sled dog actually goes back to 1873, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police started using sled teams to help bring -order to the northen frontier. Later, sled dogs enabled explorers such as Byrd and Peary and Amundsen to traverse the polar ice caps. The endurance, the bravery and tbe intelligence of the North American sled dog is legend. One of the most incredible events in their storied history occurred in the winter of 1925 when 22 native and U.S. Mail sled dog teams were hastily organized to rush life-saving toxin form Anchorage to Nome, a distance of 1,049 cruel miles, to help combat an outbreak of dreaded diptheria. The time of the dog team as a means · of transportation in the frozen north has passed; modem aircraft and snowmobiles are faster and more efficient. However, even today, sled dog teams occasionally are used in emergency situatuions when severe weather conditions render these other forms of transportation useless. In place of the survival tasks undertaken by his ancestors, the modem sled dog's skills and wondrous athletic--yes athletic--abilities are channeled into racing. They are bred and trained for only one purpose: to cover the greatest distance in the fastest possible time, to race against the wind, to run and run and run until they can run no more, to prove each time that their heritage is intact. Thanks to the International Sled Dog Racing Association, governing body of the sport, there are more and more opportunities for the dogs to run, to satisfy that ancient urge to race across the snow. ISDRA sanctions more than 150 competitions a year with prize money now in excess of half a million dollars. The largest and most prestigious of these is the ALPO International, held each January in Saranac Lake, N.Y., and offering prize money of $50,000, the sport's single biggest payday for sprint competition. '7 DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR\ • Auemb/ymsn Frank G. Ta/Omle Sr. (R-C Geneva). lett, 1e administered the oath of oft/ce by New Yorlr State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler. right during • cerem011y at the st•te capitol In Albany. Also p,.,/ctpstlng Is AS..mbly RepubiiCIIn LHder C.D. \R1pp\ Rappleyes. T•lom/6 begins his fifth term t'8presentlng thB 129th Assembly District, whiCii Includes psrtl of Ontario Md Wayne counties. /=- 7 ~ -~1, Financial Headaches? -'-*'\'~. . :;;_-~ , 9-etfast relzef ... ABPRN Sellsomething with a Classified Ad. ~ ~~ 346-3191 .~~~========~~~~====~~ 4-COUNTY WASTE GROUP HIRES RECYCLER The four-county GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee has ended its 4 month search for a Regional Recycling Coordinator, announcing the hiring of Mrs. Bethany Dawes of Alfred. Dawes is presently Recycling Coordinator for Allegany County , and is actively involved in the newly formed New York State Association of Recyclers. Her work in Allegany County focused on public education on recycling, market research for selling recyclable materials, starting full-scale recycling programs and initiating and running an office paper recycling program. Dawes will have similar duties in the GLOW Region according to Wayne Hale, Chairman of the GLOW Recycling Committee. \We'll expect Mrs. Dawes to work closely with our engineering consultant on a recycling plan as well as working with communities and businesses in starting up recycling projects'\ Hale said. All communities across the state are mandated to begin recycling by September 1992. ' Dawes will begin work January 9 and will be centrally- based in the Genesee County Planning Department. She will be introduced at the January 12 Recycling Committee meeting at 9:30 AM and January 26 GLOW Committee meeting at 8:00 AM both at Genesee Community College. . Thursday, January 12, 1989 BOY SCOUTS PlAN SPEAKER FoR DINNER Kevin Dehner, national secretaty of the Future Farmers of America, will be the featured speaker at the .14th Annual Finger Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America Youthpower Dinner January 21 at Club 86, Geneva. The announcement was made by chairman Paul Trautman, Vice President of Chase Lincoln Bank, Canandaigua. The dinner, which is expected to attract 350 people, is for friends of Scouting who agree to contribute at least $135 or $160 per couple to the Council Sustaining Membership Enrollment Drive. The goal is $45,(XXJ. Dehner is one of five national officers serving the 420,000 member FFA. He grew up on a ranch in Colorado where his family raises purebred cattle and corn._ The 20-year old has taken a leave of absence from his studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins to fulfill his duties as a national FFA officer. FFA says Dehner is expected to travel more than 200,CXXJ miles this year. He has met President Reagan and the Secretary of Agriculture and has visited foreign countries like Japan. Trautman says that Council Vice President Carl Fribolin, Geneva, heard Ochner speak at a meeting in Kansas City and reports. that he is a dynamic speaker who will stimulate dinner attendees. \Besides a delicious dinner and stimulating speaker,\ Trautman says, \Youthpower dinner attendees will take home note paper with an original Yolanda Scholfield pen and ink drawing of a Finger Lakes farm country scene, which is an appropriate theme considering the speaker's background.\ ----Weekly Crossword-- \TIME ON YOUR HANDS\ By Gerry Frey' ACROSS 1 N.B.A. statures 5 13th century starter 9 Water retainer 13 ~~ 1 o ra __ _ : Song f=-t---t----l---t----+- 14 Moby Dick's nemesis 15 Cartoonist's llghlbulb (e.g.) 16 Noah's loading procedure (4wds) 18 Indus. Engineer's advanced degrees 19 51. John's Unlv. player 20 Prepare llax 21 Reluse to 22 Concord 23 Anxious momenl(2 wds) 26 \A Doll's House\:aulhor . 28 Edible seed 29 Follows 50 across 31 Take a dillerenl route 34 Denver. Colo. time zone 37 Mythical mountain 1-:7-l-t-1---1 nymph 39 Desire 40 Summertime paper product 42 Allirmalive 43 Adam's conlribullon to Eve(2wds) 46 Tehran'scounlry 47 Aralal's org. 48 Thud 50 lnlhelnlerlm (3wds): wllh 29 across 54 Man's name 57 Horn or Good Hope 58 Rock group (abv.) 59 Time oil 61 Bird (lalin) 62 There always has lo be one (3wds) 64 Solo 65 Elevate 66 Saint Fire 67 GullarbridQe 68 Exploslveand TV network 69 Anlelop\' playmates DOWN 1 Sewing machine lnvenlor's lamlly 2 \Dyn·o·mllo\ TV show (2wds) 3 Brlllsh streetcar 4 Demons 5 Wresller's cushion 6 Grasshopper'ssong 7 Ship ollhe desert ·B Gambler's challenge (3 wds) 9 Slow thinker (slang) 10 \Kick the buckel\(e.g.) 11 City In New Hampshire , 12 Far or Big 13 WriHen communications (abv) 17 \Find and meell~- 24 \ ___ lor an eye\ 25 Canvas cover 27 TV's Ms. Arthur 29 Plaything 30 Anger 32 Thrice 33 Bourbon wllh rocks (2 wds) 34 Marches in place (2wds) 35 Train depol(abv) 36 Hamlllon portrall bearer 38 Blockhead 41 Scolllsh walerlall 44 \The llnman had 45 Monday morning lee lings 47 Program lhealarm clock 49 \_we stand\ 50 Paper hat 51 Think 52 Sprlle like 53 Damp 55 Large growth 56 Employs 57 Elsie's baby 60 Sal! tree 63 Thing (latin) 1/89

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